Analysis of the Kenyan political landscape
I recently had the wonderful opportunity to share my analysis of the Kenyan political landscape with the Africa Today show on Bay Area radio station KPFA. Primarily donning my Political Scientist hat, I sought to explain the ongoing transition to democracy in Kenya as a long term affair and one election (2002) does not a transition make. From this long perspective, the violence that rocked the country after the 2007 elections should not have been that surprising and the ongoing rift about the constitution is also expected.
On the whole, however, I remain optimistic about Kenya’s prospect of completing the transition with my main concern the kind of ‘nation’ we will create along the way. The challenges posed by the ongoing transition are also tremendous opportunities for civil society to act and shape a new conversation about Kenya, one that challenges the ethnic entrepreneurship of the political elites.
The extensive interview is now available online and now below. (the first couple of minutes include station announcements so skip ahead a bit)
Africa Today with Walter Turner
Mondays 7 pm – 8 pm
A weekly news program providing information and analysis about Africa and the African Diaspora. Africa Today seeks to update listeners on contemporary developments in Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the United States. The program utilizes an interview and discussion format to explore political, social, economic, and cultural themes relative to the African experience.
He is a Professor of History and Chairperson of the Social Sciences Department at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California, instructing courses in United States History, African History, and African American History. Walter is also President of the Board of Directors of Global Exchange, and is an African News analyst for Pacifica Radio Station KPFA.
Live on KPFA at 07:00 PM Pacific Time: Mondays
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